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156                        THE SETE'S TEMPLE OF DW/RAK/DHIS.
Penny took us into tbe court of a beautiful temple or dwelfng-honse, for it
seemed to be designed for both in one, lately built and not yet qtiite finished,
by Goknl Pati Sink, Sindhia's treasurer, and. who has also a principal share in
a great native banking-house, ©ne branch of which is fixed at Mathara. The
building is enclosed by a small but richly carved gateway with a flight of steps
which leads from the street to a square court, cloistered round, and containing
In the centre a building, also square, supported by a triple row of pillars, all
which, as well as the ceiling, are richly carved, painted, and gilt. The effect
internally Is much like that of the Egyptian tomb} of which the model was
exhibited in London bv Belzoni; externally, the carving is very beautiful. The
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cloisters round were represented to me as the intended habitations of the Brah-
mans attached to the fane ; and in front, toward? the street, were to be apart-
ments for the founder on his occasional visits to 3Iathura." To snow how differ*
ently the same building sometimes impresses different people, it may be men-
tioned that Jacquemont, only four years later, describes the temple as like no-
thing but a barrack or cotton factory : but po«ibly lie may have seen it soon
after the festival of the Diwali, when, according to barbarous Hindu custom,
the whole of the stone front is beautified with a thick coat of -whitewash. This
gentleman's architectural ideas were, however, a little peculiar. Thus he says,
of the Jama Masjid at Agra? that tbe bad taste of the design and the coarseness
of the materials are good reason for leaving it to the ravages of time ; that the
tomb of Itimad-ud-daula is In the most execrable taste ; that the Taj, though
pretty, cannot be called elegant; and that the only building in Agra which is
really a pure specimen of oriental architecture is the tomb of Colonel Hessing
In the Catholic cemetery, the work of ( a poor devil* called Latif. His theolo
gieai views would seem to have been equally warped, for in another place he
thus expresses himself:—u Of all the follies and misfortunes of humanity, reli-
gion is the one which is the most wearisome and the least profitable to study."
The Dwarakadkis temple has always been in the hands of the VallabM-
charyas? the sect to which the founder belonged. It is now administered by
the Grosain who is the hereditary lord of the much older and yet wealthier shrine
with the same name at Kunkarauli in Udaypnr (see page 130). Hitherto the
expenses of the Matlmra establishments have been defrayed by anneal grants
from the Seth*s estate; but the firm has lately made an absolute transfer to the
Gosain of landed property yielding an income of Ks. 25,000; thus religiously
carrying oat the intention of their ancestor^ though in so doing they further the
interests of a sect not a little antagonistic to the one of "which they themselves
are members.